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Planning lunch or dinner out with friends? Melbourne has some of the best dining options including restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to cheap casual lunches with a glass of wine. Choose from some of the best venues in Melbourne via location, cuisine or features.
Babble Bar and Cafe
Babble Bar and Café is not your typical local. As on old weatherboard home-turned café/bar, our seasonal menu and friendly staff are what make us a Prahran culinary institution. Established more than two decades ago, Babble is synonymous with the edgy food and great coffee for which Melbourne is famous. Our Menu Our fare is a collection of old-school favourites and instant classics that caters to both the gym junkies and those on a permanent cheat day. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, fully licensed and with a selection of locally sourced produce, check out our menu for yourself! An Icon Having previously been a residence, a florist and a deli, Babble is steeped in a rich history that dates back more than half a century. In 1992 it was transformed into the café and bar that stands today and has maintained its character and warmth for over 20 years. Run by our offbeat and on fleek staff, we’re bound to make you feel right at home from the minute you walk in the door. So, pop in, say “hi”, and swipe right next time you’re in the neighbourhood. Private Functions Our unique space and location are suitable for nearly all types of functions and events... A local social destination for anyone and everyone to relax and enjoy the quality food, coffee, drinks and personalities that make Babble the institution it has always been. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as catering for events and functions, Babble has entertained and welcomed customers for over 20 years. We like to think of ourselves as a very friendly, welcoming and professional establishment that prides ourself on customer service and quality food and beverages. Our menu caters for all types, from housemade corn fritters through to our grilled cajun chicken burger and softshell crab salad for lunch or a pan-fried Barrumindi served with roasted chat potato salad, balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes, pickled fennel and salsa verde for dinner. Function's or event can choose from out main menu or a function menu that will be provided upon request. Our menu's depth caters for any needs but we are also flexible to custom orders should they be requested. Our venue is located in the heart of Prahran, less than a 1-minute walk from the centre of Chapel Street, and offers a full-length outdoor balcony and open floor plan that can hold up to 71 inside and 33 outside (standing). We want to ensure any function or event gives you what you require, so will discuss all function or event requirements in detail to create an experience that we know will be memorable. Our kitchen and bar is fully equipt to handle over 150+ covers on any given day, presenting opportunities for larger functions or events. Our bar is set up for coffee, juices and numerous alcoholic beverage, including cocktails.
A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro
To quote one of our bloggers HenryNSW “Wonder where the local French go for a taste of home? Wonder no more”. A La Bouffe is where you will experience true French hospitality. When the French back home get together with friends and family to prepare a meal, when all the chopping, mixing and baking is done, the cook calls out “a la bouffe” let’s eat, and everyone sits down to enjoy their home cooked meal. That is what you will experience at A La Bouffe – an informal, friendly and delicious experience. No pretensions, just good friendly service and delicious food. When French visitors are feeling home sick for some Cream Brulée or Clafoutis (traditional sour cherry pudding) this is where they visit. Jacky Frenot and Gabrielle Dewan, owners of A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro invite you to come to our little corner of France in the middle of Prahran and South Yarra shopping precinct and indulge your senses with our extensive range of popular traditional French dishes and contemporary style dishes as specials. Try our Seafood Millefeuille, puff pastry with mussels, scallops and prawns in seafood bisque. Or our Pavé a La Bearnaise, grass fed Goulburn Valley beef thick eye fillet, Pommes Sarladaises, green salad and Béarnaise sauce . Just two samples from our menu. There is an extensive wine list featuring French and Australian wines, aperitifs and beers. We are across the road from the Como Palace Cinema and we are open to late. So after the film, finish off a perfect evening with a glass of wine or champagne, or a coffee and one of A La Bouffe’s signature desserts. As MoMo & Coco describe A La Bouffe: “beautiful heartfelt food delivered by unpretentious staff in an utterly elegant setting….Overall, A La Bouffe is a fine showcase of rather authentic, accessible French luxury….”
Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar
If it’s elegance and informal fine dining that you’re after then Syracuse has the perfect dining experience waiting for you. Syracuse offers European and International inspired cuisine in a grand and impressive 19th Century atmosphere, tucked away in one of Melbourne’s picturesque, laneways; Bank Place. Let all your senses be indulged as we take you on a flavour-rich journey. Syracuse has dining spaces to suit every occasion from cozy, romantic intimate evenings, to long business lunches and after work and pre-dinner drinks. Syracuse prides itself on sourcing only the best Victorian seasonal produce delivered fresh daily. Our cuisine bursts with flavour so the hardest part is deciding what to choose.
Have you been to ISIT yet? If you haven't, then put it on your To Do list. If you have, then you'll know it's all about the cosy atmosphere, service and the food - it's delicious, different, full of fabulous flavours and textures - a unique celebration of eating. From breakfast to lunch, from the first beer of summer to the hearty soups of winter, ISIT picks and cooks our way through the seasons. Choosing favourites and bringing colour and energy to even the simpliest dishes, ISIT will welcome you and inspire you to eat, drink and smile through the year. Just off Chapel Street near Greville St, you will discover ISIT. If you are planning a function, why not have it at Is It café. Whether it is a cocktail party requiring canapés and finger food, or a sit down dinner with 4 courses, we have a menu to suit your needs. There is just a $250 venue hire and you have the whole place to yourselves.We also have great drinks packages to go with your function. Call us and we can discuss your requirements for the perfect function. What better way to celebrate your special event in this beautifully converted terrace house, being treated to exceptional service, and yet still being able to achieve that intimate and personal touch you want for your very own function.
Lux Foundry is open 7 days serving great breakfast, lunch and coffee by Proud Mary. Lux Foundry has free WIFI. We are a fully licenced cafe and function space located in a unique heritage listed building. Located on Hope Street, it’s a roomy escape from the hustle of Sydney Road. Our open space inside with soaring ceilings and room to move is an ideal venue for functions and our expansive front courtyard is a sun drenched space where you can kick back with a plate and a glass. Private Functions Lux Foundry offers a unique space in an informal and relaxed environment. It’s ideal for private events ranging from corporate functions, birthdays or other celebrations for up to 110 people.
El Sabor Mexican Grill Bar
Offers the following facilities including Restaurant, Bar, Function, Wedding and Private Dining located in North Melbourne, Victoria. Serving stunning Mexican cuisine.
El Sabor Mexican Grill Bar has the following features: Set Menu, Bar, Byo, Family Friendly, Function Venue, Gluten Free, Open Late, Outdoor, Private Dining Room, Romantic, Vegan Friendly, Wedding, Catering, Banquet, Wi-Fi, Lunch, Take Away, Group Booking, Anniversary, Grill, Dinner.
Juno & May
Situated in the heart of Camberwell’s Burke Road shopping precinct, with a designer fit out by renown Melbourne designer, Eades and Bergman (think Kong and Hawker Hall) and headed by Camberwell’s most awarded chef, Juno and May has all the (fresh) ingredients to impress the most discerning of diners. The restaurant offers casual dining along with two separate private dining rooms each with their own unique atmosphere. Juno and May has a contemporary menu with influences from Europe and Asia. FUNCTIONS Juno and May has the perfect upstairs function space, known as "The Stalls", including your own private bar. The Stalls' contemporary look was designed by renowned Melbourne designer, Samantha Eades, and will impress your guests. The Stalls overlooks the restaurant below through steel framed floor to ceiling windows which can be open or closed for a more intimate gathering. Juno and May can tailor a function menu to suit your special event.
The Smith has been fitted with a tailored new suit, a new face, a fresh attitude, a savvy team and a fresh start. The Smith is elegantly relaxed not flashy, but smart yet casual, perfect for all occasions planned or spontaneous. Spaces have been designed for lounging about, lingering over tastes and sips or privately entertaining a crowd.
All Smiles Ringwood East
Starting out as a hip café All Smiles Ringwood East has evolved into a super modern, exciting function venue that is ideal for any celebration. Providing a great party atmosphere, birthdays and engagements are ever popular. Our fantastic function venue is conveniently located in the eastern suburbs just 5 minutes off East link in Ringwood East. The venue specialises in amazing cocktail functions for 21st birthdays, 40th, 50th and any birthday of significants to engagements, christening’s and “celebration of life” get togethers. With everything you need already provided at the venue, all you need to do is turn up, have a great time and go home. We have a fantastic sound system, disco lighting, AV projector and screen, Photo Booth, cocktail machine, smoking and non-smoking areas, quiet, loud and intermediate spaces for all to enjoy. Our décor is amazing and doesn’t warrant any additional work if you don’t want. Our staff and service are second to none and can’t wait to make your special event, painless, stress free, relaxed and fun. Please contact us today for a brochure on our packages or to arrange a time to view the venue, we would love to help.
The Baths Middle Brighton
The Baths Middle Brighton is a historic landmark housing a Café & Bar, Restaurant, Gym and the eponymous seabaths – one of the only remaining caged open water seabaths in Australia! Located on Brighton Beach front, The Baths Middle Brighton specialises in individually tailored functions, offering many different experiences within one venue. The Baths Restaurant overlooks Melbourne’s only remaining sea baths, offering fine cuisine and unbeatable service amidst magnificent panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay. This relaxed, beachside venue is a superb location for any occasion. The Baths Restaurant can be booked for ‘exclusive’ use for up to 120 people seated and 200 cocktail style. Alternatively you may choose to utilise the facilities of our private dining room which offers an intimate space on a smaller scale. Personalised menus allow your guests to choose on the day. The Baths Restaurant is perfect for weddings, cocktail parties, birthdays, anniversaries, conferences, product launches, corporate entertaining. For smaller less formal events, The Baths Cafe & Bar specialises in hosting exclusive functions with up to 60 people seated and 120 cocktail style. The cafe has an easily accessible bar as well as an outside decking area which extends over the water allowing you to enjoy the amazing sunsets. Let the water, the sunset and Melbourne’s best view of the city provide the ultimate backdrop for your event.
Bluetrain has been "Melbourne's meeting place" for over 20 years, thousands have passed through our doors and enjoyed a definitively Bluetrain experience. We are open 7 days a week offering a selection of grazing plates, pizzas, pastas, burgers and dishes off the char-grill making Bluetrain a tantalising treat for all tastes. Our bar with its 16 ice cold taps of beer will keep any beer enthusiast satisfied. A huge array of beverages ranging from quality spirits, wines and champagnes all meticulously chosen to compliment your dining experience. Our skilled bar staff are more than able to provide you with a range of traditional cocktails not to mention our own original selection of Bluetrain "cityloop" cocktails. Make sure to ask for our extensive drinks menu to find your favourites. Bluetrain is the ever popular, ambient haven for all people – young or old – without pretensions or boundaries our policy has always remained single minded. Bluetrain is the definitive ‘peoples café’ and still remains "Melbourne's meeting place".
Paladarr Thai Issan serves Thai cuisine utilising the freshest ingredients. The restaurant doesn’t fall into the trap other Asian restaurants did: No unnecessary gimmicks. The food is solid and authentic Thai, featuring stir-fries, soups, curries, salads and soups. The décor is contemporary—the dark furnishings and warm fireplace lending a relaxed ambience to Paladarr.
With a huge kitchen and cocktail bar, The Estate would make any retired captain happy. Graze like Baxter’s stock with spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay, no matter what the weather is doing. The Captain’s purpose built storage includes wine and beer barrels from the best ports and valleys around the world. Check to see what is in the latest cargo dispatch. The Captain’s cocktail menu is the best way to explore St Kilda’s roots. Creating the thrilling custom designed cocktail list that plays on the history and stories of The Captain himself is Venue Manager and renowned mixologist David van Iersel. Each cocktail comes with its own, often cheeky, short story based on local history and delivers the perfect balance of flavour and flair. Luke Campbell, of Rockpool, Taxi and his own wine business Vinified, has given the wine list serious wine kudos. Our kitchen is open 7 days a week, taking inspiration from Asian street food styles which are fresh, flavourful and made from the best ingredients. The menu is designed to be shared and eaten in a social environment with a cocktail in hand. Captain Baxter is a family run business that believes in the tradition of supporting other family producers and suppliers. Captain Baxter can cater for a broad range of events and is a must for your next event destination. With a number of spaces suitable for any occasion and an experienced team ready to cater to your needs. Our Lounge Space is outlined with stunning electric blue brick, this plush space is ideal for a relaxed social gathering it can accommodate a cocktail style function for 50-60 guests. Our Dining area offers a combination of booth seating and floor to ceiling windows that bring the beach inside while you dine. Perfect for a seated dinner or lunch accommodating 65 guests seated and 80 cocktail.
Royal Melbourne Hotel
The Royal Melbourne Hotel is one of Melbourne's most-unique dining and function venues. On the former site of Melbourne's City West Police Station, RMH incorporates historical features & modern architecture to culminate in one of Melbourne's most iconic venues. Equipped with 5 unique function rooms - including an impressive glass-enclosed Atrium, heritage-listed bluestone cellblock, and an all-weather heated courtyard bar, RMH is the perfect venue for all occasions. RMH can accommodate bookings & functions of all sizes including Christmas/ EOFY parties, birthdays, trivia and corporate events, weddings, conferences, award nights, product launches, networking, uni nights and more... Flexible function packages and an intrinsic understanding of clients needs have formed many long-term working relationships with clientele and make booking your next event a breeze. Conveniently located within minutes from Etihad Stadium & Southern Cross Station, RMH is ideal for all corporate and social functions and events.